Object name: ARP279
Designation(s): ARP279, NGC1253,
ARP 279, NGC 1253 and NGC 1253A is a pair of interacting galaxies in Eridanus that are about 70 to 75 million light-years away. Close by compared to most Arp galaxies. Arp put them in his class, Double Galaxies: Interacting. Arp had no comment about these two. The main galaxy is classed as S(B)c by the NGC Project and SAB(rs)cd by NED. The companion is SB(s)m per NED. How you get a barred spiral out of that mess is beyond me. It does have that curving arm-like feature but I'm not sure what it was before the encounter. Comparing my version of this companion to that in Arp's image I'm surprised how bright a couple star clusters are in my image compared to his. This difference holds in the POSS 1 and 2 plates as well. They seem overly bright in my raw FITS files as well so it isn't processing. Maybe instead of knots, they are variable stars in our galaxy caught with both at maximum. Considering I took the data over an eight day period and they show the same in both I find that unlikely. So, for now, its unexplained. My color data for this one is highly suspect. I need to retake the color due to heavy cloud issues. Some of the blue stars are really red I believe. Trying to adjust I just made a mess of the galaxy so left it as is.
Related Designation(s):2MASS J03140894-0249224, 2MASS J03140908-0249213, 2MASX J03140904-0249226, 2MASXi J0314090-024921, 2MFGC 02648, 6dF J0314090-024922, AGC 430099, ARP 279, ARP 279 NED01, ARP279, CGS 175, HIPASS J0314-02, IRAS 03116-0300, IRAS F03116-0300, KUG 0311-030, MCG -01-09-018, NGC 1253, NGC1253, NVSS J031409-024918, PGC 012041, UGCA 062, USGC S119 NED03, [S87a] 15A,